Paint That Looks Like Granite

Beth Asaff
Baltic Brown Granite

With paint that looks like granite, you can transform a laminate countertop or any room of your home into something special in just a matter of days.

Uses for Granite Paint

Granite countertops, slabs and tiles are a popular way to bring natural beauty, texture and style to your home. They are also expensive, heavy and can take a lot of care to keep them looking great. So if you like the look of granite, but the expense, weight or maintenance is too much, consider using paint that looks like granite.

Faux granite paint can be applied on top of your existing kitchen or bathroom countertop. It can also be applied directly to plaster walls, exposed brick, fireplace surrounds and table tops. With a few steps and a few days, your old laminate or Formica countertop will resemble a hard, glossy granite. Your dining room or foyer walls will resemble a rough, Tuscan stone wall and you can even cover over a few old side or coffee tables as well.

Paint That Looks Like Granite

There are several types of paint that resemble granite on the market today. Which one you choose will depend on the color of granite you are after, and the application.

Countertop Granite Paint

If you want to cover over an old countertop and refinish it to look like granite, you'll need to get a granite counter kit. The kit consists of a three part paint process that will leave your counter waterproof, glossy and with the visual interest of granite.

A base coat in a solid color is applied to the counter first, to cover over the color and texture of the counter below. Next, chips of mica, silica and quartz are sprinkled over the counter. These are the same minerals that are found in granite counters; adding them will give your counter the same depth, interest and color of true granite.

Finally, you'll roll on a clear top coat to even out the surface and seal in the bottom two layers. Your counter is now scratch proof, heat proof, non-porous and with the look of granite for only $49.95.

Faux Granite Wall Paint

There are lots of faux painting techniques out there that can add some interest to your walls. Faux granite paint takes faux painting to a new level.

Three coats of paint plus a top coat are required to complete this job, but the results are worth it. Textured, rough hewn walls with a warm finish and random stippling of color are the result.

Sand is mixed into a thick pigment that is rolled onto the walls for the first coat. This first coat will go on lumpy, uneven and will be extremely tough to spread. This is normal, and what provides the base for the top, finishing layers.

The second coat starts to fill in the gaps from the first coat, adding depth to the wall and beginning to give the appearance of a block of rough hewn granite. Finally, a third coat is brushed on in an overlapping pattern of "X's" which gives a random and multidimensional texture to the walls. To protect the paint, and keep animal hair and dust from sticking to the textured paint, a clear top coat is applied to seal it in.

Where to Buy

Granite paints are available from these retailers:

  • Westside Decorating
  • Lowes
  • Liquid Stainless Steel
  • Ace Hardware

Consider using paint that looks like granite to give your kitchen, dining room, living room or foyer a makeover with natural appeal. Granite paints will add dimension, beauty and style to any area of your home for less than true granite would cost. Faux paint with granite paints today and transform your home with ease.

Paint That Looks Like Granite